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The Looming Death of Hubble

Posted 7 Nov 2004 at 22:23 UTC by steve Share This

A new article gives a detailed account of the Hubble Space Telescope's coming demise. NASA seemed determined to get rid of the Hubble despite a presidential request, a public letter-writing campaign, petitions, and editorials in newspapers across the country supporting the Hubble's continued service. One reason was that NASA no longer felt the Space Shuttles were safe enough to use except on flights to the International Space Station, where the crew has a safe haven if a shuttle can't make a safe return. The public outcry has forced NASA into considering a robotic mission to extend Hubble's life a bit longer. The article also describes the problems a robotic mission faces and how the procedures are being developed and tested.

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